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6/24/2014 4:00:14 PM

For anyone who may have lost a tooth due to any injury, tooth decay or perhaps periodontal disease, dental implants may be the right option for you. A dental implant is an artificial root that is placed onto your jaw for the purpose of holding a replacement tooth. There are many benefits to dental implants other than simply restoring your smile. In the past, adjustments had to be made to other teeth that were near the targeted gap in your teeth. You won’t have to worry about any modifications being made to neighboring teeth when you select dental implants. You can be confident that you have selected a permanent and stable solution to your missing tooth. Dental implants in Chino, CA can put a stop to your shifting teeth and also restore your natural chewing function! Your question shouldn’t be, “Why should I choose dental implants?” but rather, “Why wouldn’t I?”

Dental Implants vs. Dentures

Both dentures and dental implants are the most common solutions to missing teeth. Dentures are more commonly called false teeth. Sometimes, these dentures might slip out of place when speaking or eating if not secured with denture adhesive. Imagine how embarrassing that would be! Dentures could very well be the better choice for some people, however.

Dental implants are often used for those missing one or two teeth. However, they can be used as an alternative to dentures if a patient has multiple missing teeth, as long as the patient has healthy gums and jaws.

What About a Prosthetic Tooth?

You may have heard about a different option other than dental implants called a prosthetic tooth. To be quite honest, a prosthetic tooth can be very appealing. Prosthetic teeth can look nice and can also bring back your natural chewing capabilities. However, since a prosthetic tooth doesn’t address the importance of the root, you might be looking at some complications with the tooth in the future. Underneath the missing tooth space, the jawbone will start to wear away. Eventually the gums around the surrounding teeth will start to recede and decay. This is what makes the dental implant a stable solution. For more information you can contact either of our two locations, in Upland and Chino, to go over any of the pros and cons regarding tooth implants.

If you are going over your options about replacing a missing tooth, you probably are considering cost. There are several factors that will need to be taken into account. For one, our dentists are going to need to figure out how many teeth need to be replaced. As always, there could be other procedures that need to be done before the dental implant is put into place. In order to get a better understanding of your specific needs make an appointment with Dr. Maher Barsoum, DDS today!




6/9/2014 12:00:44 PM

Dentures that sit on top of your gums are still available, but because they can cause so many problems, implant-supported dentures are often the better choice. If you are considering getting implant supported dentures in Upland or Chino/Chino Hills, you’ll need to think about a few points before you get service.

Bone Strength and Quality

Implants are placed directly into and fuse with your bone tissue, so if your bone is damaged or weak, you might not be a good candidate. Sometimes, grafting procedures can fix the bone enough that implants become possible, but this doesn’t work for every patient. We usually place implants at the front of the jaw because there tends to be more bone there than in the back of the mouth. A comprehensive exam, along with imaging, gives Dr. Barsoum a good idea of your bone strength and where to position the implants, if the bone can handle them.

Number of Teeth Missing or Damaged

The team at Barsoum Dental Care typically reserves implant supported dentures for cases where you have many teeth missing or that can’t be saved in one spot. If just one or two teeth are gone or damaged, we often can fit you with a bridge or implant supported crown instead. Implant-supported dentures can replace all of the teeth on the upper jaw, lower jaw or both if necessary.

Overall Health Status

Medical conditions like hypertension, diabetes or cancer don’t necessarily mean you can’t get an implant supported denture, but they affect how well your body can recover following the procedure. This is why any good implant dentist in Chino/Chino Hills and Upland, including Dr. Barsoum, will ask you for your full medical history before going forward. You might have to treat an underlying condition before you qualify. Dr. Barsoum also thinks about your diet. He might recommend an implant supported denture if a regular denture makes it too hard for you to eat the variety of foods you need for good health.

Stability, Oral Health and Oral Function

These dentures fuse right with your bone, so they don’t shift and offer better comfort, less gum irritation and greater ease in chewing and speaking. Regardless of whether the implant supported denture is in the upper or lower jaw, it should have strength that’s equal to your original teeth. Implant supported dentures also don’t leave crevices and pockets where bacteria can breed. For these reasons, Dr. Barsoum might recommend an implant supported denture if you have trouble eating or talking, have sore or irritated gums from a traditional denture, or want to eliminate other problems.

Convenience and Confidence

Implant supported dentures do not require pastes or adhesives, so they can be easier and less expensive to take care of. Most patients are thrilled with the sense of freedom they feel once their natural-looking smile is restored.

Get Your Implant Supported Denture Evaluation with Us!

If you’re looking for more information on implant supported dentures in Chino/Chino Hills or Upland, or to schedule an evaluation, contact Barsoum Dental Care at (909) 902-1780 (Chino/Chino Hills) or (909) 920-5222 (Upland) today!




5/26/2014 12:00:00 PM

Periodontal disease is the number one cause of tooth loss. The problem is preventable in most cases, if you understand the underlying causes. However many people fail to recognize or treat early signs of gum disease, which is why Dr. Barsoum makes periodontal services in Chino/Chino Hills and Upland such a priority.

You might develop periodontal disease if you:

.   Don’t practice good hygiene. When you don’t brush or floss regularly or well enough, bacteria form a sticky plaque on your teeth, which irritates and inflames your gums. Over time, the inner layer of the gum and bone pull away from your teeth. The “pockets” that form can hold debris and more bacteria, and the toxins the bacteria create start wearing away your bone and gum tissue.

.   Are experiencing changes in your hormones. Hormones can make your gums more sensitive to bacteria and plaque. This is a big concern for women, who can experience big hormonal shifts during pregnancy, menopause, or even regular menstruation.

.   Are taking medication. Certain drugs affect how gum tissue recovers or how much saliva you make. Saliva naturally protects your teeth, so if your mouth is drier, your risk of dental problems can go up.

.   Are sick. Virtually any illness that stresses or compromises your immune system can increase your risk of gum disease, because the immune system has to be strong enough to fight off the bacteria in your mouth. Diabetes and cancer are just two examples of chronic diseases that can put your teeth at risk.

.   Have a family member with periodontal disease. Genetics plays a big part in how your teeth and gums form and how your immune system reacts. If you’re naturally predisposed to oral health issues problems, you can develop periodontal disease even if you practice excellent dental hygiene. Genetics aside, family members tend to mimic each other’s habits. If others in your family don’t take care of their teeth, you’re more likely to do what they do and skimp on oral care.

.   Don’t eat right. The immune system cannot function properly and fight off bacteria in the mouth if you don’t give it the right nutrients. Certain foods, such as those high in sugar, help bacteria to thrive on the teeth and gums.

.   Practice habits that are bad for your teeth. Smoking is one of the biggest risk factors for periodontal disease. Other bad habits, such as grinding your teeth, also affect the stress you put on periodontal tissues.

.   Are stressed out. Stress can weaken the immune system over time and sometimes can link to other poor habits such as tooth grinding. Bacteria are harder to fight off and gum tissues have to deal with more force as a result.

.   Are older. Age naturally increases your risk of periodontal disease. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control says that 7 out of 10 people aged 65 or older have some form of gum disease.

Get Superior Periodontal Services in Chino/Chino Hills and Upland at Barsoum Dental Care!

Dr. Barsoum has been providing periodontal services in Chino/Chino Hills and Upland for more than 30 years. Make your appointment with him today at Barsoum Dental Care to improve the health of your gums and protect your teeth!




5/14/2014 6:26:43 PM

As a leading periodontist in Upland and Chino/Chino Hills, Dr. Barsoum knows that healthy gums are the foundation for healthy teeth. If the gums are not healthy, your teeth eventually can loosen and fall out. Gum disease is preventable for most patients, however, and you can reduce your risk with proactive steps.

.   Practice good oral hygiene. Periodontal disease happens when bacteria form a sticky plaque on your teeth and gums. The gums become inflamed and irritated, and eventually, the inner layer of the gum and bone start to pull away from your teeth, forming pockets that hold even more bacteria and debris. Toxins from the bacteria build up and start breaking down not only the gum tissue, but also your bone. Brushing, flossing, using a good mouth rinse and, of course, getting regular periodontal service in Chino/Chino Hills and Upland at Barsoum Dental Care, is the simplest way to fight this process.

.   See your doctor. Your immune system has to be strong in order to fight off bacteria and keep periodontal disease at bay. Many different health conditions, such as diabetes and HIV, can compromise the immune system, so it’s very important that you get regular physicals and treat any underlying conditions your doctor might discover. Some medications can affect how much protective saliva you make or how your gum tissue heals, as well. Your doctor can help by recommending or prescribing drugs that don’t have these side effects. Your doctor also can help you find therapies and foods that keep your hormones well-balanced. If your hormones are off, your gums can become more sensitive to bacteria and plaque.

.   Quit bad habits. The American Academy of Periodontology identifies smoking as one of the most significant risk factors for periodontal disease. Other bad habits, such as grinding your teeth, also might need some attention, as they can affect how much stress your gums are under. It can be physically, mentally and emotionally hard to stop these habits, but you can do it! Many licensed therapists and medical professionals are available if you would like some extra help on top of support from family and friends.

.   Treat yourself to a healthy diet. A diet rich in nutrients keeps your immune system healthy and strong so you can fight off the bacteria that cause periodontal disease. A diet lower in sugar and that includes lean meats and fish, vegetables, fresh fruits and whole grains is perfect not only for dental health, but also overall wellbeing.

.   Do whatever you can to kick stress out of your life. In addition to increasing your risk for problems like diabetes and heart disease, stress can weaken your immune system, which makes it harder for you to keep your gums healthy. It contributes to habits such as nail biting or teeth grinding, too, which can irritate your gums. Whether it’s going for a walk, going out to a movie with friends or just listening to your favorite music, find ways to relax!

For the Best Periodontal Services in Chino/Chino Hills and Upland, Choose Barsoum Dental Care!

If you need periodontal treatment in Chino/Chino Hills or Upland, contact the team at Barsoum Dental Care at Barsoum Dental Care at (909) 902-1780 (Chino/Chino Hills) or (909) 920-5222 (Upland) today!




4/28/2014 12:00:37 PM

Occasionally, due to general decay or trauma, the nerve or blood supply of a tooth (known as the pulp) gets infected or damaged. If the infection or damage is badly enough, you might need root canal therapy, better known simply as a root canal. This is a procedure in which a dentist or specialized endodontist removes the pulp, cleans and fills the empty space that’s left and seals the tooth.

You might be tempted to ignore a tooth that needs this treatment– the procedure has a false reputation as being painful–but getting treatment can prevent bigger problems with your smile later on. Let’s take a look at what you might experience if you don’t see an experienced Chino/Chino Hills or Upland endodontist for care.

Bacteria Settles In

When the nerve or blood supply of a tooth is damaged because of an injury or infection, it can die off. To bacteria, this dead tissue is a wonderful feast, and the bacteria multiply as they feed on it. Normally, your body would send in white blood cells to fight off the infection, but the main pathway for doing this is the blood supply. With the blood supply gone, it’s much harder for these helpful cells to get to the infection site. The bacteria thrive as a result.

The Problem Spreads

If you don’t take care of a tooth with infected or damaged pulp, the bacteria can spread into the area between your jaw and the tooth. The end result normally is the formation of an abscess. In some cases, the infection causes bone loss around the tip of the root. Some people also have the infection erupt right through the tooth, letting bacteria drain and come into contact with cheek, gum or other soft tissue. Swelling can spread not only to the surrounding gum area, but into your face, head or neck.

As you might expect these problems are uncomfortable occurrences. It’s usually this pain that leads so many patients to seek emergency dental care. You might also have difficulty chewing, because this basic activity puts pressure on the infected tissues. Sensitivity to hot and cold is common, as well.

Get Your Root Canal with an Experienced Endodontist in Chino/Chino Hills and Upland at Barsoum Dental Care

Leaving a badly infected tooth untreated can affect not only the problem tooth, but also the adjacent teeth and surrounding soft tissues, causing pain and other complications. It is in the best interest of your dental health to get the root canal you need, especially considering that current technologies and methods allow dentists to complete the work comfortable. In fact, many patients compare root canal therapy to what you’d experience with a regular filling. Dr. Barsoum and his staff of qualified endondontists are proud to offer long-lasting, comprehensive root canal therapy in Chino/Chino Hills and Upland. Contact the team at Barsoum Dental Care at (909) 902-1780 (Chino/Chino Hills) or (909) 920-5222 (Upland) today to schedule your oral exam and get relief!




4/14/2014 6:19:53 PM

Veneers are one of the most popular cosmetic treatments in dentistry today. They involve adhering a very thin piece of porcelain or similar material to your natural teeth in order to correct problems such as gaps, discoloration, cracks, or uneven size. Dr. Barsoum is happy to provide veneers in Chino/Chino Hills and Upland, but because they aren’t right for every patient, he also provides some affordable, attractive-looking alternatives.

Dental Composite

With this option, Dr. Barsoum puts a tooth-colored resin on your teeth. Like veneers, the resin can fix size and spacing issues, but it has an advantage in that it also can fill cavities. Placement typically takes a single visit rather than two or three. This option doesn’t last as long, however, and it can stain over time, depending on diet and lifestyle choices.

Teeth Whitening

Dr. Barsoum can perform teeth whitening in Chino/Chino Hills and Upland as an in-office procedure, or you can do it at home with custom-made trays. In either case, you use a special gel containing hydrogen peroxide to whiten them. Whitening lasts only 6 to 12 months, whereas veneers can last 15 to 20 years. It doesn’t require filing down the teeth, but the bleaching agent still can cause teeth sensitivity.

Crowns

A crown is a cap that goes over a tooth. More filing is usually necessary to make room for a crown than with veneers, making it a more permanent solution, but Dr. Barsoum can do just one tooth if needed. Crowns may be more appropriate than veneers in some instances in that that they can prevent damage to teeth and also add strength and protection.

Snap-On Smile

Snap-On Smile is a custom-made, removable tray that simply slips over your real teeth and snaps in place without the need for adhesives, bands or wires. It doesn’t require filing and is totally reversible. It cannot fix severe misalignments or overlaps, however, and because the tray fits over your teeth, they can look too big. The tray is more cost-effective than veneers, but it lasts only about five years at most.

Lumineers

Lumineers is just one brand of “no prep” veneers. They’re thinner and, therefore, don’t require as much, if any, buffing to your natural teeth to apply. They are considered a reversible option because of this and can be taken off if you don’t like them. Their thinness also works against them, however–you won’t be able to correct huge gaps or misalignments. They last about as long as veneers do.

Braces or Invisalign

Braces and Invisalign are the most conservative choice if your misalignment or spacing issues are more severe. They don’t require filing, but like veneers, these options are intended for permanent results, as they change the position of your teeth. It can take a year or more to finish treatment, whereas veneers can be placed in just weeks.

Get the Beautiful Smile You Deserve!

For the best in cosmetic dentistry services in Upland and Chino/Chino Hills, contact Dr. Barsoum and the Barsoum Dental Care team today at (909) 902-1780 (Chino/Chino Hills) or (909) 920-5222 (Upland)!




1/16/2014 6:23:43 PM

We’re excited to announce the official launch of our Maher Barsoum, DDS blog.

We’ll be posting helpful dental tips, news from the dental industry, news from our practice, and more about the latest in dentistry.

We built our practice on the notion that we’re there for our patients when they need us and we want our online presence to be a reflection of that principle. We hope this blog provides an extra level of service to our current and future patients.

If you would like to stay up to date on the latest from Maher Barsoum, DDS, simply click the RSS “Subscribe to feed” link located on our website and subscribe. Our subscribers will be updated when we make a new blog post.

Here’s to your best oral health ever!




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